Sunday, July 13, 2014

1965 Heroes Ecumen SGA Set

Recently I was able to complete the SGA Ecumen set.  I've blogged previously about this set and one extremely similar.  Check out those blogs at the following links.

I feel this set is the hardest set to complete of any Twins bobbleheads.  August 21st, 2005 was a giveaway day.  Similar to all other giveaway days, the Twins were giving away 10,000 bobbleheads.  However, they changed it up for this day by giving away 1000 bobbleheads of 10 different players from the 1965 team. Included in the set were, Zoilo Versalles, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Tony Oliva, Earl Battey, Frank Quilici, Camilo Pascual, Jim Perry, Jim "Mudcat" Grant, and Jim Kaat.  Even if you had 10 tickets you weren't guaranteed of getting all 10 bobbleheads.  I know of several people who had 20-25 tickets and came away with 6 or 7 different bobbleheads, but not all 10.  

When my passion for this crazy collection started I figured the "1965 Heroes Ecumen" set might never get completed and I was ok with that.  I actually passed up a few of these early on because I didn't plan on trying to collect the entire set (as many of these go for over $100 each on eBay) and although Jess is an amazing wife...getting her to "be cool" with me spending a grand on 10 bobbleheads wasn't going to happen! 

I got a couple of these for super cheap at garage sales, then I got 6 more at Twinsfest 2014 and once that happened I knew I'd be able to complete the set in time.  I honestly didn't think it'd happen in 2014.  I kinda figured over several years I'd find deals on them and eventually have the complete set.  Of course the one I couldn't find was the most expensive of them all...Harmon Killebrew - no introduction necessary.  

Luckily a few weeks ago I found this one to complete the set.  Below is a picture, front and back of the set.

And here's a comparison of the front of the 1965 Ecumen set vs the Katrina set.